PlayStation thinks the quality would drop if first-party games were launched in the subscription service

PlayStation thinks the quality would drop if first-party games were launched in the subscription service

During the company’s recent financial call, PlayStation head Hiroki Totoki commented on the possibility of PlayStation launching its first-party titles in a subscription service like PlayStation Plus, following what Microsoft and Xbox are doing with Xbox Game titles. Studios launched on day one in Xbox Game Pass. “I will refrain from commenting on competitor strategy,” Totoki said. “Our current thinking is to have development costs [and] Appropriate R&D investment for quality products, and it will improve the platform and also improve the business in the long run. AAA type titles on PS5, if we distribute this on subscription services, we may have to reduce the investment needed for this and it will deteriorate the quality of the proprietary title and that is our concern.

Totoki says PlayStation wants to make sure they’re spending the right amount of development costs to have solid products/titles to introduce in the right way.

Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan said, “The games we make are getting bigger and bigger; they improve, they become more beautiful, they enrich themselves, the story becomes stronger. Putting these games into a subscription service upon release would break that virtuous cycle, and we wouldn’t be able to invest like we currently can. So we don’t.

PlayStation also revealed that it plans to spend 40 billion yen (about £249m/$308m) on first-party games. “We plan to increase software development spending aimed at bolstering proprietary software in our existing studios by approximately 40 billion yen,” Sony said.

Next month, the all-new PlayStation Plus service is set to launch. The new service offers three levels to choose from, Essential, Extra and Premium. The Essential tier is basically what PlayStation Plus is right now. Extra adds a catalog of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games for download. Premium adds up to 340 additional games including PS3 games available via cloud streaming and a catalog of games from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP which will have both streaming and download options to play .


Joseph K. Bennett